NaPAN has recently received grant from USAID/HKI through RTI International for lymphedema morbidity management implementation in Oromia, Beneshangul-Gumuz and Tigray regions of Ethiopia under the Morbidity Management and Disability Prevention of Blinding Trachoma and Lymphatic Filariasis (MMDP) Project.
Through the project, NaPAN will work with the Federal Ministry of Health and the Oromia, Benshangul-Gumuz and Tigray Regional Health Bureaus to train health care workers and patients on how to diagnose and manage lymphedema and acute attacks in selected 32 woredas of these regions.
The project will build the lymphedema management capacity of 11 hospitals and 155 health centers and provide access to lymphedema treatment to 979 patients over the project period (February -September 2017) through integrating the services with the Federal ministry of health Primary Health care units.
During the course of the project, NaPAN will conduct a feasibility study to identify gaps and opportunities to formulate strategies to scaling up the lymphedema management that help determine intervention to additional woredas in Ethiopia. The study will be designed to inform on costing of patient tracking systems and/or intensified management in Ethiopia. It will also assess intervention feasibility in terms of acceptability, demand, practicality, implementation, adaptation, integration, and efficacy potential.